An amount of Rs 4.45 crore has been sanctioned by the Odisha Urban Infrastructure Development Fund (OUIDF) for construction of the first slaughter house in the city at Gadakana.
The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) had proposed to construct a modern slaughter house in the city. The purpose is to eliminate slaughtering of animals in public.
The abattoir will be constructed as a pilot project and will have the capacity to slaughter 100 animals per day. It will be spread across 0.5 acre land in Gadakana.
The BMC will receive 50 per cent of the fund from OUIDF as grant and the rest 50 per cent as loan. The corporation is expected to float a tender for the construction of the abattoir by next month.
A two-year time limit has been fixed to complete the construction.
The detailed project report (DPR) was prepared by the Centre for Environment and Development (CED), Thiruvananthapuram.
The major highlight of the DPR is to enable slaughtering and processing of animals in hygienic conditions by using modern equipment.
Another advantage will be the efficient disposal of the waste water and material that gets accumulated every day.
A BMC official said after the completion on the construction, the meat vendors will be asked to slaughter their animals at the abattoir.
The vendors will get processed meat which can be sold in the markets directly.
Since one abattoir having a capacity of 100 animals is not enough for the whole city, the BMC will start work on setting up more abattoirs.
The corporation had proposed to construct five slaughter houses in the city and one major facility on the outskirts.
It has identified land at Gadakana, Ghatikia, Pandara, Dumduma and Vanivihar for construction of five slaughter houses.
But, after two of the areas identified by it were disputed, the BMC decided to begin operations in Gadakana.
The major slaughter house, proposed to be constructed at Rudrapur, will be spread across five acres land.